Interfacial flows in evaporating liquid droplets can form remarkably complex deposition patterns of suspended microparticles or polymers. In this PhD project we will unravel how the flows inside an evaporating droplet cause the aggregation of the biopolymer collagen, and how the patterns formed can be used to control the function of eukaryotic cells.
The project will be carried out in the team of Dr. Hanneke Gelderblom, assistant professor in the Fluids and Flows group at the department of Applied Physics. The team focusses on capillary flow phenomena in liquids containing biological or living matter. The PhD project will be embedded within the Immuno-engineering program of the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). Within the project you will closely collaborate with the Soft Matter and Biological Physics group within the department of Applied Physics and with researchers from the department of Biomedical Engineering, who focus on using structured collagen substrates to study the behaviour of cells in healthy and diseased tissue. Besides research you will also contribute to education. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually limited to about 5% of your contract time.
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Please contact the hiring manager dr. Hanneke Gelderblom, Fluids & Flows group, Department of Applied Physics, h.gelderblom[at]tue.nl, https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/fluids-and-flows/
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